Apply now: PCSC Internship Programme

What: One to two-month placements for civic activists, experts, journalists and civil society professionals with a host organisation of your choice

Internship timeslots: September – November 2019 or February – May 2020

Location: Central/Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Balkans and Central Asia

Language: English, Russian

Who should apply: Anyone from Eastern Europe or Central Asia with proven experience and commitment to civil society, journalism or academia in their country or region

Deadline to apply: 30 April 2019

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About the programme

The aim of our internship programme is to enhance the capacity of civic organisations, movements or networks in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and enable cooperation between organisations from different countries.

Internships do not take place at the Prague Civil Society Centre. Rather we cover the costs of a one to two month internship at a host organisation of the intern’s choice in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Balkans, and Central Asia. Host organisations receive a contribution for hosting an intern.

The programme is flexible and gives interns an opportunity to tailor their internships to their specific needs and goals. The programme also gives an opportunity for host organisations to forge a deeper connection and cooperation with civil society from other countries whilst gaining from their experience and skills.

The intern can use their time at the host organisation to gain new skills or knowledge, develop relations between civil organisations in different countries, conduct research, write a report or paper, and expand their networks of contacts. We want internships to be useful for the host organisation too and encourage applications that demonstrate how the host will benefit from the knowledge of the intern. 

Current applicants can choose from one of two slots:  September – November 2019 or February – May 2020. The internship programme lasts from one to two months within these periods. 


Who can apply?

The programme is open for individuals with proven experience and commitment to their field in their country or region. Former interns have included:

• Activists and members of civil society organisations
• 
Human rights defenders
• 
Think tank experts
• 
Researchers engaged with our key themes 
• 
Social entrepreneurs
• 
Journalists
• 
IT experts or technology specialists engaged in social causes

Please note that former PCSC fellows and interns are not eligible to apply. If you’re one of our alumni please do share the call and encourage your colleagues to apply! If you’ve participated in any other PCSC programme or event, you are welcome to apply.

We accept applications from citizens of the following countries in yellow on the map below:

If you are an organisation that would like to invite a particular intern, please send this application call to that person and encourage them to apply. If you have been contacted by a potential applicant, we recommend you to discuss their project before issuing a letter of support to ensure that this person will be a good fit for you as an intern. In case you have questions about the programme, please get in touch with the Centre at pcscinternship2019@gmail.com 


What kind of internships do we support?

You are free to propose any research subject, skills-development or a project idea that you want to work on during an internship. However, PCSC does have some thematic priorities.

Internship projects should aim to reflect and improve the work you are doing in your home country. All interns are expected to produce a concrete output agreed upon in advance with the host organisation. This could be an article, a paper, a comparative study, policy recommendations, a seminar or training curriculum, infographic or other materials. The output should be suitable for electronic distribution.

Normally we don`t favour research projects which are purely academic in their purpose. Equally, the programme doesn’t support applicants who want to use internships for working on their PhD thesis.


How to arrange your internship?

The programme is flexible and it is up to you to find a host organisation.  Therefore we expect you to be proactive and plan your internship depending on your needs and goals. This allows both organisations and interns to get the best out of the internship.

Before applying to the programme, you need to: 

1 – Identify and contact a relevant host organisation

Find and contact a host organisation where you want to do your internship. The organisation should be relevant to your area of expertise and be willing to accept you as an intern.

The programme wants to develop cross-border cooperation, so you are strongly encouraged to go to a country different from your own. Host organisations can be located in the following countries from the table below:

Eastern EuropeCentral AsiaEU Member States Southeast Europe
Armenia KazakhstanBulgariaBosnia and Herzegovina
Azerbaijan KyrgyzstanCroatiaKosovo
BelarusTajikistan Czech RepublicMontenegro
GeorgiaTurkmenistan Estonia North Macedonia
MoldovaUzbekistanHungary Serbia
RussiaLatvia
UkraineLithuania
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia

2 – Get a letter of support from the host organisation

Discuss the purpose, time and the plan for the internship with the host organisation in advance to ensure expectations, expertise and needs of both sides match. To confirm this agreement, make sure to get a support letter from the host organisation. You will need to submit this along with your application to the programme. A letter template support letter can be found in the Internship Guide (page 13). The topic and structure of an internship can vary depending on the interests of the applicant and host organisation – but should be approved by PCSC.  

3 – Calculate anticipated expenses and fill in the budget template

Download and fill in the budget template (link below). You can submit a budget from €3,000 up to a maximum of €4,000 to support the internship. A fixed portion of this allowance (€1,000) will go to the host organisation as a host fee. The remaining amount can be used to cover travel, accommodation, food, local transportation, telecommunication and other related costs. The final amount of financial support awarded varies depending on the length and a place of the internship. We kindly ask applicants to be modest and realistic in their budget requests and to look into more economic options when calculating, for example, accommodation or travel costs. The budget you apply with is one of the criteria that we take in consideration when selecting applicants.

Before funding is allocated, proposed budgets are reviewed and agreed between the Prague Civil Society Centre, the host organisation and the intern. 


Selection criteria

Proven track record of the applicant: We welcome applications from civil society professionals and activists who already have significant experience in this area. Applicants should be affiliated with organisations, movements or networks in their home country that have a clear track-record of work.

Proven track record of host organisation: Likewise, the host organisation should have a proven track record of expertise and know-how in the intern’s field of interest. 

Quality of proposed internship project: Applicants should have a well-thought idea of what they want to achieve through the internship. Specifically, we want to see: what applicants expect to gain from the expertise of the host organisation; how they can apply new knowledge after returning to their home countries; how they can contribute to the work of the host organisation. We prefer internship projects that are realistic and concrete, and can be accomplished in the time-frame of the internship. Presenting very ambitious and complex project ideas will not advance your chances to be selected.

Compatibility with the Prague Civil Society Centre’s priority themes: The Centre  gives slight prioritization to projects that align with its priority themes. Yet, we are open to proposals that do not correspond to these themes. We recommend such applications to stress how their project has specific relevance for their country and how the internship can contribute to the work of civil society in their country.


Programme timeline

4th March 2019 Call for Applications

30th April 2019 Deadline for Applications

April-June 2019 Selection Process

30th June 2019 Final Results

September – November 2019 Internship Slot 1

February – May 2020  Internship Slot 2


How to apply

There are two stages to the application process. You must complete both stages to be considered for the programme. Deadline: 30 April 2019

Stage 1
Complete the application form (you can see all questions in advance on page 14 in the Internship information booklet here.)

Application form

Stage 2 
Send the budget (Download budget form here) and letter of support from the host to 
pcscinternship2019@gmail.com with the subject line: Internship Application2019_YOURNAMESURNAME

All documents should be sent in one email and must be named and submitted in the following format: budget_NAMESURNAME.xlsx (in excel format) and supportletter_NAMESURNAME.pdf (in pdf format)

Documents to download:
Internship Guide
Budget proposal form
Example letter of support template


Questions

Please read the Internship Guide first. It gives a detailed explanation of all the steps and procedures.

Due to the high number of applications, we are unable to answer all questions individually. If you have a question, please read our FAQ page. Additionally, we will run a live Question & Answer sessions in March-April on our Facebook page. It will be announced in advance and you can send your question for this session to pcscinternship2019@gmail.com